MATSES PERU AMAZON INDIAN BOW AND ARROWS

$1,050.00

REGION: RIO GALVEZ, PERU

ETHNIC ORIGIN: MATSES (MAYORUNA IN BRAZIL)

USE: HUNTING

HANDMADE OF: FEATHERS, PALMWOOD, BAMBOO POINTS, ARROW CANE.

DIMENSIONS: THE BOW MEASURES 77 INCHES LONG AND ABOUT ONE INCH WIDE. THE ARROWS ARE 66, 77 AND 80 INCHES. THE BAMBOO POINTS ARE ABOUT 14, 11 and 10 INCHES LONG. THE FEATHERS ARE 7-9 INCHES LONG

AGE/CONDITION: NEW. CONDITION IS VERY GOOD. FIELD COLLECTED 2008

THE LENGTH EXCEEDS US POSTAL SERVICE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING LIMITS OF 60 INCHES LONG. SHIPPING WILL BE UPS. INTERNATIONAL BUYERS PLEASE REQUEST SHIPPING QUOTE!!!! DOMESTIC BUYERS PLEASE ASLO INQUIRE ON SHIPPING CHARGES!!

THE MATSES ( ALSO KNOWN AS THE MAYORUNA IN BRAZIL AND IN SOME LITERATURE) ARE COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS "THE CAT PEOPLE" BECAUSE OF THE FACIAL ADORNMENT OF WHISKERS AND TATTOOS. THEY FIRST CAME INTO PERMANENT CONTACT WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD IN 1969. CENSUS NUMBERS VARY FROM 2000-2500. THEY HAVE NO REGULAR ECONOMIC SUPPORT DEPENDING ALMOST ENTIRELY ON THEIR FORESTS FOR SURVIVAL. SINCE 1998 THEY HAVE GAINED LEGAL TITLE TO THEIR LAND WHICH COMPRISE 452,735 HECTARES ALONG THE YAVARI, YAQUERANA AND GALVEZ RIVERS OF BRAZIL AND PERU.

THE MATSES ARE ADEPT IN THE USE OF THE BOW AND ARROW. THE ARROWS ARE TRULY WORKS OF ART AND ARE CONSIDERED THE FINEST IN THE AMAZON. THE ARROWS TYPICALLY MEASURE ABOUT 2 METERS LONG WITH LARGE FEATHERS FROM VARIOUS SPECIES EXPERTLY WOVEN ONTO THE SHAFT. ABOVE THE FEATHERWORK DYED COTTON IS WRAPPED AROUND THE SHAFT AND BAMBOO DIVIDERS ARE ADDED AS ADORNMENT. ACIOTE IS APPLIED AS COLORATION WHICH RESULTS IN IN INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL PIECE. 

DUE TO THEIR ISOLATION THEY HAVE LIMITED CONTACT WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD. HOWEVER, THE USE OF THE BOW AND ARROW IS QUICKLY BEING REPLACED BY THE SHOTGUN. THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE MANUFACTURE OF THE MORE COMPLEX AND ARTISTIC FORMS OF THE ARROW MAY SOON BE LOST AND PERHAPS THE TRADITIONAL MATSES ARROW ITSELF.

THE SET WAS COLLECTED IN JULY 2008 BY MYSELF AND AMAZON GUIDE GARY LIGHTHALL. THE INCREDIBLE TRIP TOOK 5 DAYS JUST TO GET TO THE MATSES VILLAGE. IT BEGAN ON A TRANSPORT FROM IQUITOS TO REQUENA. THEN AN ARDUOUS 42+ KM WALK ALONG THE MATSES TRAIL FROM REQUENA TO THE RIO LOBOS CULMINATING IN AN 8 HOUR CANOE RIDE DOWNSTREAM TO THE LAST MATSES VILLAGE ON THE RIO GALVEZ.

INTERNATIONAL BUYERS PLEASE REQUEST A SHIPPING QUOTE BEFORE PURCHASING

 

 


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  • Model: MATSES BOW ARROWS
  • Shipping Weight: 20lbs

 
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